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8 Sep 2021
5:30 am

Guinea Coup may prove cynics wrong


Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the coup leader evokes the memory of Jerry Rawlings, one of the few African coup leaders to hand a country back to democracy.

Members of Guinea's armed forces celebrate after the arrest of Guinea's president, Alpha Conde, in a coup d'etat in Conakry on Sunday. Picture: AFP

The feeling of “who cares?” by South Africans – if they even noticed – about the military coup in Guinea, is understandable. After all, we have seen this post-colonial African movie so many times it has become a cliché. Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the coup leader, even did the normal African strongman thing by sporting a red beret and sunglasses as he announced the dissolution of the constitution, whose changes had enabled Alpha Conde, the West African state’s 83-year old president, to secure a third term in office. As predictably, the rebel leader accused Conde of betraying the people by taking...